Advanced Search
MyIDEAS: Login to save this paper or follow this series

The Determination of the Union Status of Workers

Contents:

Author Info

  • Farber, Henry S
Registered author(s):

    Abstract

    A model of the determination of the union status of workers is developed that incorporates the separate decisions of workers and potential union employers in a framework which recognises the possibility of an excess supply of workers for existing union jobs. This theoreticak framework results in an empirical problem of partial observability because information on union status is not sufficient to determine whether nounion workers are nounion because they do not desire union representation or because they were not hired by union employers despite a preference for union representation. The problem is solved by using data from the Quality of Employment Survey that have a unique piece of information on worker preferences which allows identification and estimation of the model. The empirical results yield some interesting insights into the process of union status determination that cannoot be gained from a simple logit or probit analysis of unionization. Chief among these relate to the unionization of nonwhites and southerners. The well-known fact that nonwhites are more likely to be unionized than otherwise equivalent whites is found largely to be due to a greater demand for union representation on the part of nonwhite workers. The equally well-known lower propensity to be unionized among southern workers is found to be due to a combination of a lower demand for union presentation on the part of southern workers and a supply of union jobs is more constrained relative to demand than in the North.

    Download Info

    To our knowledge, this item is not available for download. To find whether it is available, there are three options:
    1. Check below under "Related research" whether another version of this item is available online.
    2. Check on the provider's web page whether it is in fact available.
    3. Perform a search for a similarly titled item that would be available.

    Bibliographic Info

    Paper provided by University of Warwick, Department of Economics in its series The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS) with number 227.

    as in new window
    Length: 36 pages
    Date of creation: 1982
    Date of revision:
    Handle: RePEc:wrk:warwec:227

    Contact details of provider:
    Postal: CV4 7AL COVENTRY
    Phone: +44 (0) 2476 523202
    Fax: +44 (0) 2476 523032
    Web page: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/economics/
    More information through EDIRC

    Related research

    Keywords:

    References

    No references listed on IDEAS
    You can help add them by filling out this form.

    Citations

    Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.
    as in new window

    Cited by:
    1. repec:fth:prinin:157 is not listed on IDEAS
    2. Alex Bryson & Rafael Gomez & Morley Gunderson & Noah Meltz, 2002. "Youth-Adult Differences in the Demand for Unionisation: Are American, British, and Canadian Workers All That Different?," CEP Discussion Papers dp0515, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.

    Lists

    This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

    Statistics

    Access and download statistics

    Corrections

    When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:wrk:warwec:227. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Helen Neal).

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

    If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.